Session Title

Other Monasticisms II

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Special Session

Organizer Name

Sheila Bonde; Clark Maines

Organizer Affiliation

Brown Univ.; Wesleyan Univ.

Presider Name

Erica Kinias

Presider Affiliation

Brown Univ.

Paper Title 1

Vallombrosan and Camaldolese: Architecture and Identity in Two Italian Reform Orders

Presenter 1 Name

Erik Gustafson

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Washington and Lee Univ.

Paper Title 2

Sainte-Trinité de Tiron and the Architecture of Monastic Reform in the West of France

Presenter 2 Name

Sheila Bonde; Clark Maines

Paper Title 3

Brotherly Rivals: The Templars, the Hospitallers, and the Architectural Development of the Temple Church in London

Presenter 3 Name

Zachary Stewart

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Texas A&M Univ.

Start Date

12-5-2018 1:30 PM

Session Location

Schneider 2355

Description

One of the most important features of the Middle Ages, monasticism shaped, and was shaped by, art, architecture, history, literature, liturgy, theology. There were over 300 ‘orders’ active in the medieval and early modern periods. Despite this importance and ubiquity, our approach to this major sub-field is lacking in both breadth and depth, and our understanding of monasticism has been skewed by a scholarly imbalance in study and publication. The issue of alternative forms of monastic life was raised by Roberta Gilchrist in her book entitled: Contemplation and Action: The Other Monasticism. Her study focused on monastic communities traditionally neglected by historians and archaeologists: infirmaries, hospitals, leprosaria and almhouses, military orders, hermitages and houses for women. Our review of articles published in Speculum in 1988 revealed that nearly three-quarters of those publications had been devoted to a very restricted set of monastic orders. Survey books in history and art history privilege the Cistercians, Cluniacs, independent Benedictines, and a handful of other communities. Orders such as the Val des Écoliers, Celestines, Valliscaulians, Augustinians, Arrouasians, Tironensians and even Victorines and Praemonstratensians require more attention if we are to have a fuller and more nuanced understanding of the place of monasticism in the middle ages. These papers by scholars from history, art history

Robert Clark Maines

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Other Monasticisms II

Schneider 2355

One of the most important features of the Middle Ages, monasticism shaped, and was shaped by, art, architecture, history, literature, liturgy, theology. There were over 300 ‘orders’ active in the medieval and early modern periods. Despite this importance and ubiquity, our approach to this major sub-field is lacking in both breadth and depth, and our understanding of monasticism has been skewed by a scholarly imbalance in study and publication. The issue of alternative forms of monastic life was raised by Roberta Gilchrist in her book entitled: Contemplation and Action: The Other Monasticism. Her study focused on monastic communities traditionally neglected by historians and archaeologists: infirmaries, hospitals, leprosaria and almhouses, military orders, hermitages and houses for women. Our review of articles published in Speculum in 1988 revealed that nearly three-quarters of those publications had been devoted to a very restricted set of monastic orders. Survey books in history and art history privilege the Cistercians, Cluniacs, independent Benedictines, and a handful of other communities. Orders such as the Val des Écoliers, Celestines, Valliscaulians, Augustinians, Arrouasians, Tironensians and even Victorines and Praemonstratensians require more attention if we are to have a fuller and more nuanced understanding of the place of monasticism in the middle ages. These papers by scholars from history, art history

Robert Clark Maines